Looking for a "Deeper" Distortion sound? Is it the Amp?

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  1. Todd_FindingMyWay

    Todd_FindingMyWay New Member

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    Hey guys help this rookie out here..

    So I play most of my stuff distorted. I have a Boss distortion pedal (DS-1) and play my PRS SE Torero through a crappy Fender Frontman 25 watt Amp.

    So when I play, to my ears, it sounds really 'tinny'. I am looking for a much 'boomier' or 'bassier' sound. I hope I describe this correctly because it might be a little confusing to explain.
    Is the reason why its tinny because of the cheap Amp I use? It does have bass/middle/treble settings but even using those doesnt get me there.

    I am boiling it down to the Amp in my mind just looking for other's opinions.
    Whats the difference between the DS1 distortion pedal vs a 'metal distortion' pedal?

    Thanks everyone.
     
  2. Twinfan

    Twinfan 408 Sig Club President

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    I would say it's the amp - get some valves and 12" speakers :)
     
  3. carpincowboy

    carpincowboy New Member

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    Get you self a decent all valve Marshall. That'll rock ya socks off.
     
  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    There's a reason players get all-tube, 50-100 watt, amplifiers with 4 x 12 cabs.
     
  5. kingsleyd

    kingsleyd New Member

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    What, it's not just that they LOOK macho?!?

    Seriously, though, even something like a Fender Blues Junior (tube amp, fairly inexpensive, well-thought-of in most circles) would be a good start. That and a decent OD pedal -- and the DS-1 isn't bad -- should get you closer to where you wanna be.

    BTW, OP, you're smart to be considering the AMP side of it early in the game. It took me a long time, and a lot of guitars, to learn that my tone problems, the blame for which I laid on the guitars, was really an AMP problem.

    If I had to choose, if I were mainly using rock/distorted sounds, I'd rather have a mediocre guitar through a great amp than a great guitar through a mediocre amp.
     
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  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Ha!
     
  7. Todd_FindingMyWay

    Todd_FindingMyWay New Member

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    Awesome thank you!

    So an OD pedal..Is that used IN PLACE of the distortion pedal?
    BTW, I didnt mention this but, I dont need a big wattage amp as I am still playing in the corner of my bedroom. (that sounded funny ;-)
     
  8. watelessness

    watelessness New Member

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    get a new amp, dude.
     
  9. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    I used to have the FM25 as well. Decent clean amp, but just didn't have the depth of tone with distortion for me either. A good tube amp should cure your ills, if you find one that will fit your needs. I would really recommend getting something that has a nice dirt tone as part of its repertoire. My philosophy has always been that the best distortion/overdrive sounds are going to come from your amp (assuming it's a decent amp, designed for the kind of tones you're after). Reason being, if it's a well designed amp, that drive sound has already been tweaked and tailored to fit that amp specifically. When you start using pedals, you don't always get a good match between the pedal and amp, which you're experiencing right now. Another example, I tried out an OD pedal at a shop through a Fender Blues Deluxe, nice bright amp, and it sounded awesome. Got it home, plugged into my not so bright amp, and it was the dullest sounding thing you ever heard.

    I'm not trying to knock the guys that prefer a nice clean amp with pedals out front, it just hasn't been as reliable in my experience as getting my drive tones from the amp. Surely there are good pedal-amp matches that can be made, but for me, it's just been a lot more predictable (and cheaper in the long run) to start with something that already has it "going on." I have a slew of pedals, but with almost all of my amps, the built in tones beat out pedals every time I A/B them.

    Anyways, to the OP, this is IMO a "golden age" for the hobby guitarist - there is a bigger variety of affordable, nice sounding tube amps (and other gear for that matter) than there has ever been. Egnater, Jet City, Blackstar are a few I can think of off the top of my head that are super affordable, and have been getting great reviews for their tone.

    If you really want something with a deep, full sound, get yourself something with a big cabinet, whether it's a combo or a head/cab. And, of course, this being the PRS forum, I will add that if you have a few extra bucks rolling around and want to step it up a notch, the PRS SE amps with the 2x12 deep cabs will blow you away when it comes to full, deep tones!
     
  10. kingsleyd

    kingsleyd New Member

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    Sorry, OD is short for OverDrive. :)
     
  11. Todd_FindingMyWay

    Todd_FindingMyWay New Member

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    Yeah kingsley..understood, but again..just a newby 3 year guitar student 'finding my way' ;-)
     
  12. Todd_FindingMyWay

    Todd_FindingMyWay New Member

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    Thanks Andy...If we ever get to meet (and we are close enough) , first beer is on me. (I owe Wedge a beer already LOL)
     
  13. Egads

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    Like everyone else is saying, and you already alluded to, it's all about the amp. I'm a fan of a 1x12 cabinet for practical purposes, 2x12 will provide more girth (that's what it's all about, right?). Since you are currently a home player, you don't really need a ton of power (though it is fun when you can crank it up). There are a lot of relatively low wattage tube amps on the market that sound great. Getting good low end is something you'll have to listen for.

    BTW, that DS-1 isn't a bad pedal, but for less than the cost of a new pedal, you can ship that out to Robert Keeley, at Keeley Effects, and have him turn it into an mazing pedal. The pedal will come back with a ton less noise and much richer and fuller. Best $60 I ever spent on a pedal.
     
  14. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Sounds like a deal!
     
  15. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    This.
     
  16. QueenCityGuitars

    QueenCityGuitars Vamanos Pest

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    This!

    If you want bottom end, a 4x12 is your friend.
     
  17. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    412 might be my favorite number.
     
  18. Hopeful Sinner

    Hopeful Sinner Angry Southern Gentleman

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    If a new amp is outta you range at this point, maybe try a TC Electronic Dark Matter pedal and a decent EQ stomp box. I used to run a Boss Turbo Distortion into a DOD EQ into a Holmes Mississippi Blueamaster and loved the results...

    Of course the new amp deal will cure what ails you for good but on a budget, you'd be surprised what a better selection of stomp boxes will do for you...

    Keep us posted...
     
  19. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    If you are playing in the bedroom or living room, check out one of these.
    I have one of these, and it can get quite loud.

    Yamaha THR10X Andertons Exclusive!! "Extreme Gain" Electric Guitar Amp



    I also picked up one of these recently, but I like the Yamaha better, it just sounds better, but the Roland is louder.

    Roland MicroCube GX



    I have a 50 watt Carvin V3M into a 4x12 and a 2x12, and no way can I even open them wide open in my home, it would melt the paint off the walls where I live.
    The small amps I posted above will give you both overdrive and hard metal sound.
     
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  20. hoofarted

    hoofarted Sparty On

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    I have one as well, fantastic practice amp! I recommend it highly for jamming on the "small stage"

    And my recommendation for when you can afford it, my all time favorite:

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